At exactly 7:00 pm on Friday, November 1st, 2013 – Dark White Media received a very exciting email.
An email that snatched up our attention and shook it relentlessly for exactly 78 hours like a dog with a chew toy.
A genre, character, prop, and line of dialogue.
That’s right, much like what we did with the 48 Hour Film Project this past May, we were going to make a short film in a weekend, er, a long weekend. We had a little over 3 days to write, shoot, edit, and upload a short film for the National Film Challenge (NFC), whose grand prize included a screening at the Cannes film festival. The deadline was 11:59 pm on Monday November 4th.
So, at 11:51 pm Monday evening, we officially submitted our film, ‘The Grind’ to the NFC. ‘The Grind’ is a story about two female assassins who have to juggle their home lives with an important mission to retrieve some sensitive information from a rogue agent. It stars Nicole Marchand, Jennifer Davidson, Mike Saletnik, and Mark Cobleigh (as well as another cameo from Director Anthony Caddigan’s son Brody).
So now the question remains, what are we going to do with the film? We’re getting to that.
After submitting the film, we showed it to some close friends and family and although the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, a trend emerged. One of the biggest plot points of the film was being missed. Houston, we have a problem.
This particular plot point does’t take away from the story, but rather puts the exclamation point on the film – and we really want everyone to experience it the way we originally envisioned it. It’s kind of like not knowing who Tyler Durden is. The film would have still been good – but certainly not great.
There’s also an issue of 35 seconds of footage on the cutting room floor that had to be taken out to make the competitions strict 7 minute maximum run time requirement. Some of it wont be missed, but we’d sure like to put some of it back in…
So now what?
We have decided to hold back on releasing the film in it’s current version, even though it’s the current version that is competing in the NFC.
We’re going to go back and work on the film until we feel it’s ready, and then submit the new version to festivals and try to get it screened locally.
So stay tuned for a trailer and for other updates on the film including festival entries and screening information. For now, you can head over to our Facebook page for a few stills from the film and don’t forget to press the ‘like’ button while you’re there!